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[ NNSquad ] Re: Monitoring user logins via unsecure Wi-Fi networks
Monitoring user logins via unsecure Wi-Fi networks
http://bit.ly/cVyYrK Â (Techcrunch - "An AOL Company")
The existence of the exploit ("Firesheep") described at
http://bit.ly/d7nPNH Â(Code Butler) should surprise nobody.
The browser plugin "workaround" described at the Techcrunch/AOL link
is useful as a transitional tool in the absence of integral crypto
protection, but what percentage of vulnerable users will be using it
in the long run?
Unsecured Wi-Fi is ... unsecure. ÂUnless end-to-end connections (wired
and wireless) are protected by strong encryption (and that does not
necessarily means SSL/TLS within the current certificate-based PKI
with all its problems) users will be increasingly vulnerable.
I'm now waiting for the privacy commissioners and other parties who
have had such a field day crucifying Google over *accidental* Wi-Fi
payload data collection to take a similar hard line against Firesheep
and the multitude of other purpose-built Wi-Fi payload monitoring tools
available for all manner of applications both fair and foul.
Lauren Weinstein (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800
Co-Founder, PFIR (People For Internet Responsibility): http://www.pfir.org
Co-Founder, NNSquad (Network Neutrality Squad): http://www.nnsquad.org
Founder, GCTIP (Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance):
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